GOLA – Health Post

Following an approach from the villagers CAN opened a Health Post at Gola, near the Tibet border in 2011.  Gola is the centre of a large and scattered community. It is on an ancient trade route going North towards the Tibetan border and is famous for growing cardamom.

The villagers are delighted to have a Health Post and regularly donate pots, pans, food and items of furniture to make the nurses feel welcome and greatly appreciated. With additional support from CAN a small extension has been built to provide separate living accommodation for the nurses.

Construction was originally started by the local community when two extra rooms were added by CAN and all the other rooms were brought up to CAN’s specifications. CAN is confident the local people will continue to be committed to the project since it is a very busy Health Post and one of the few in the area.

Health Post Report 2011 – 2012 Click here to view a report (pdf) from CAN nurses detailing patient numbers and treatments during 2011 – 2012

Health Camp at Gola March 2012

The Health Post was pleased to be the venue for a Health Camp between March 21st – 23rd 2012. This was a partnership project between the District Health Office, Doctors, Paramedics and CAN nurses and staff.

590 local villagers registered as patients and received treatments including dental extraction, gynaecological services, lipoma removal,  and vasectomies.

Click through the photo gallery below from the Health Camp


Thank you for your support:

CAN is particularly grateful to Mountain Equipment and to the Everest Marathon Fund for helping to fund the operation of Gola Health Post.

Mountain Equipment

Mountain Equipment is a British company with a long association with Doug Scott. Most of Doug’s famous climbs and expeditions have used Mountain Equipment clothing and gear. Today they make high quality outdoor equipment which will take you on a ramble around Derwentwater in the Lake District right up to the summit of Mt. Everest. Click here to visit their website.

The Everest Marathon 

The Everest Marathon is a 24/26 day holiday in Nepal organised by Bufo Ventures Ltd, combining sightseeing in the capital Kathmandu, a hard trek in the Everest region (vital for acclimatisation), ascents of Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar for the best views of Everest, and then, one of the most gruelling races in the world.

The race starts at Gorak Shep (5184m), just below Everest base camp, and finishes in the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Namche Bazaar (3446m). The course is a measured 26.2 miles/42 km and, although it is basically downhill, the trail undulates and there are two steep uphill sections.

Click through the photo gallery below to see the runners taking on this challenge.

Everest Marathon Fund

The Everest Marathon is a charity race and one of the main reasons for organising the race is to raise money for various Nepalese charities.

To this purpose the Everest Marathon Fund was registered as a UK charity (number 1005422) to promote health and education in rural Nepal.

Application and selection – feeling fit –  then perhaps you might like to take part?

The next race is planned for November/December 2013. An Online Application Form is now available which will remain open until 30 April 2013 or the race fills. Places are offered on receipt of the application provided that suitable experience has been given. The organisers require recent experience of off-road, trail, fell or mountain running. Click here to visit the Everest Marathon website.

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